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Illinois Employers Must Provide Sexual Harassment Training

Illinois sexual harassment training

The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (the “Act") to require Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020 and annually thereafter. Restaurants and bars are further required to establish and disseminate a written policy on sexual harassment prevention training and provide "supplemental" sexual harassment prevention training. The sexual harassment training program must meet or exceed the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in the Act. This new requirement broadly applies to all employers who have one or more employees. Such employers must provide sexual harassment prevention training to their...

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Workers in Illinois are protected against being sexually harassed in the workplace

Workers in Illinois are protected against being sexually harassed in the workplace by both state law and federal law. These laws provide that employees are entitled to a safe work environment, free from sexual assault or harassment. If sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, victims may recover monetary damages for emotional damages, and other damages, such as losing their job, if they leave their job because of a hostile environment. On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed SB 75, enhancing the protection of employees and requiring that employers give interactive training about sexual harassment in the workplace. This move towards...

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Sexual Harassment Settlements No Longer Confidential?

Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Louis C.K. Sexual harassment has become such a prevalent topic over the past year, that upon reading those four names above, most people can immediately figure out what all four individuals have in common – they have been accused of, and to some extent admitted to, sexual harassment and/or sexual abuse. A recent New York Times article has stated that following the sexual harassment allegations that were made against Weinstein, at least 71 other powerful men have been accused of sexual harassment and suffered serious repercussions, including terminations from jobs, being fired from movies and...

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